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Raiders Officially Introduce Jon Gruden as Team's New Head Coach

10 January 2018, 12:43 | Sylvia Adams

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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Saying he never wanted to be traded from the Oakland Raiders to Tampa Bay in the first place, Jon Gruden returned as the head coach of the Silver and Black, almost 20 years to the day after he was hired there the first time. The former ESPN NFL analyst returned to coaching after being with the network since 2009.

After a highlight reel of Gruden's first Oakland stint, Gruden thanked his family and all in attendance, then had a message for Charles Woodson, who was on hand and was part of Gruden's last Raiders game: a 2001 AFC divisional round matchup with the Patriots that will forever be known as the Tuck Rule game.

There had been reports that there is some concern of how Carr can manage to deal with the often brash coaching style that Gruden has been known to use. "But the game is still decided by players between the lines and we all have to adapt every year". "This is something I feel deeply, strongly about and I'm going to do everything I can to hire a great coaching staff and put the Raiders back on track".

"In my heart I feel this is the thing to do", Gruden said when asked about why the timing was finally right. "I've had a chance to watch them practice, see how they conduct training camps". "Never been more appropriate than today".

"How long I say here will be determined by how well we play".

Only one coach has led the Raiders for 10 seasons or more: John Madden. "He's healthy now. He's I think been in a lot of different systems - he's played for a number of different [coaches] or has not [had] a lot of continuity around him that way".

"I think he's got a huge upside", Gruden said. "But I have had some opportunities that are unique and I think beneficial as a broadcaster". "He's coming into a great situation where he has a lot of good pieces in place already".

Gruden made it clear that McKenzie would continue to be the team's general manager and said personnel decisions would be a collaborative effort.

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